-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the Sinking of Hood, 24th May 1941

Updated 08-May-2014

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of

Photo of Boy 1st Class Leslie Donald Rowsell, courtesy of his brother, Sydney G Rowsell, 2001
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Service Number: P/JX 188599
Date Joined Hood: Unknown
Biographical Information: Leslie was born on 24 March 1924, the sixth of seven children born to parents Hubert and Florence Rowsell, of Bridport, Dorsetshire. Sadly, his father died in 1931, leaving his mother to raise the family of four girls and three boys.

Leslie attended Bridport General School until the age of 14. He was subsequently employed at a net and twine works. He remained there long enough until he was of legal age to join the Navy.

He joined the Navy at age 16 in 1940. He was trained at St George, Douglas, Isle of Man, and passed out as a Boy 1st Class in April 1940. He was posted to his first ship, H.M.S. Hood, in early May. The operation to intercept Bismarck is believed to have been his first and only mission. Leslie was just over 17 years old at the time of his loss. We have no additional information.

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Memorial Information
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 51, Column 3 (click to view panel)
Also memorialised at
Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire
Additional Photographs
Photo of Leslie Rowsell and lads courtesy of John Snook, 2003
Above- Leslie (far left) and several lads of the Bridport Water Club's water polo team. This photo was taken on 3 September 1939.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Leslie's brother, Sydney G Rowsell (photo 2001, information April 2004)
John Snook (group photo, 2003)